When players talk about Spirits in Modern, they are usually talking about Bant Spirits, simply because it's the strategy that sees the most success. From a budget outlook, Bant Spirits is tricky to recreate, given the green is for expensive staples in Noble Hierarch and Collected Company. However, Azorius Spirits is picking up in traction due to its streamlined manabase and potent threats.

Your goal with Azorius Spirits is to keep your opponent off balance long enough to push through to victory. Granted, Spirits is one of the trickier strategies to play as it's about producing small margins. From experience, switching roles between control and aggression is a challenging aspect of Azorius Spirits that takes practice to perfect. Most of the time you hold up mana to react to your opponent on their turn, but there comes a point where you pivot into being the aggressor. Knowing when to switch takes time to understand, which is a testament to how flexible the strategy is.

The key cards in Azorius Spirits are the lords that grow your board. What makes Supreme Phantom so good is if you have another lord in play, it shifts outside of Lightning Bolt range—often a barometer for success in Modern. Having two copies of Drogskol Captain in play can be a soft-lock against other strategies in Modern.

Budget Azorius Spirits

Azorius Spirits is achievable on a budget, although you lose some of the instant-speed reactiveness since you don't have Aether Vial.

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Cards

Celestial Purge

Color Identity:W

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Exile target black or red permanent.

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Remorseful Cleric

Color Identity:W

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Flying
Sacrifice Remorseful Cleric: Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.

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Rattlechains

Color Identity:U

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Flash
Flying
When Rattlechains enters the battlefield, target Spirit gains hexproof until end of turn.
You may cast Spirit spells as though they had flash.

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Dovin's Veto

Color Identity:U,W

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This spell can't be countered.
Counter target noncreature spell.

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Mausoleum Wanderer

Color Identity:U

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Flying
Whenever another Spirit enters the battlefield under your control, Mausoleum Wanderer gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
Sacrifice Mausoleum Wanderer: Counter target instant or sorcery spell unless its controller pays {X}, where X is Mausoleum Wanderer's power.

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Curious Obsession

Color Identity:U

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Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has "Whenever this creature deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card."
At the beginning of your end step, if you didn't attack with a creature this turn, sacrifice Curious Obsession.

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Ceremonious Rejection

Color Identity:U

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Counter target colorless spell.

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Moorland Haunt

Color Identity:U,W

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{T}: Add {C}.
{W}{U}, {T}, Exile a creature card from your graveyard: Create a 1/1 white Spirit creature token with flying.

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Geist of Saint Traft

Color Identity:U,W

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Hexproof (This creature can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)
Whenever Geist of Saint Traft attacks, create a 4/4 white Angel creature token with flying that's tapped and attacking. Exile that token at end of combat.

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Tale's End

Color Identity:U

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Counter target activated ability, triggered ability, or legendary spell.

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Remand

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell. If that spell is countered this way, put it into its owner's hand instead of into that player's graveyard.
Draw a card.

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Port Town

Color Identity:U,W

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As Port Town enters the battlefield, you may reveal a Plains or Island card from your hand. If you don't, Port Town enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {W} or {U}.

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Eidolon of Rhetoric

Color Identity:W

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Each player can't cast more than one spell each turn.

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

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This spell costs {2} less to cast if it targets a blue spell.
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Path to Exile

Color Identity:W

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Exile target creature. Its controller may search their library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle their library.

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Prairie Stream

Color Identity:U,W

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({T}: Add {W} or {U}.)
Prairie Stream enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or more basic lands.

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Vapor Snag

Color Identity:U

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Return target creature to its owner's hand. Its controller loses 1 life.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Drogskol Captain

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $0.37

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Flying
Other Spirit creatures you control get +1/+1 and have hexproof. (They can't be the targets of spells or abilities your opponents control.)

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Island

Color Identity:U

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Unclaimed Territory

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As Unclaimed Territory enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add one mana of any color. Spend this mana only to cast a creature spell of the chosen type.

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Spectral Sailor

Color Identity:U

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Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.)
Flying
{3}{U}: Draw a card.

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Aether Gust

Color Identity:U

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Choose target spell or permanent that's red or green. Its owner puts it on the top or bottom of their library.

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Disdainful Stroke

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell with converted mana cost 4 or greater.

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Supreme Phantom

Color Identity:U

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Flying
Other Spirits you control get +1/+1.

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Kataki, War's Wage

Color Identity:W

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All artifacts have "At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice this artifact unless you pay {1}."

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In this case, there are few spells like Remand and Vapor Snag that preserve the reactive approach. You can use Vapor Snag on your own creatures such as Rattlechains to protect your win conditions throughout the game. The addition of Curious Obsession enables extra damage and card draw, although you could run Favorable Winds instead if you prefer to be hyper-aggressive. Remorseful Cleric may seem an odd inclusion, but it's to ensure your curve is low given you don't have Aether Vial. Plus, the upside of maintaining the graveyard is a bonus given how many Modern decks rely on it these days.

Often Spirit sideboards tend to offer solutions that your tempo creatures cannot answer. You'll see countermagic such as Disdainful Stroke and Mystical Dispute featured to ensure you can counter various threats. For example, the two copies of Tale's End are here to respect the Omnath, Locus of Creation archetypes that seem to be everywhere.

Even without Aether Vial, this build provides a decent starting point into the archetype and aids you in understanding how to play the strategy.

Semi-Optimal Azorius Spirits

When upgrading, the focus is to acquire the hallmark creatures such as Spell Queller and Selfless Spirit. Then, look at smoothing your mana with Seachrome Coast and Hallowed Fountain.

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Cards

Eidolon of Rhetoric

Color Identity:W

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Each player can't cast more than one spell each turn.

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Tale's End

Color Identity:U

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Counter target activated ability, triggered ability, or legendary spell.

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Drogskol Captain

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $0.37

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Flying
Other Spirit creatures you control get +1/+1 and have hexproof. (They can't be the targets of spells or abilities your opponents control.)

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Rattlechains

Color Identity:U

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Flash
Flying
When Rattlechains enters the battlefield, target Spirit gains hexproof until end of turn.
You may cast Spirit spells as though they had flash.

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Geist of Saint Traft

Color Identity:U,W

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Hexproof (This creature can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)
Whenever Geist of Saint Traft attacks, create a 4/4 white Angel creature token with flying that's tapped and attacking. Exile that token at end of combat.

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Vapor Snag

Color Identity:U

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Return target creature to its owner's hand. Its controller loses 1 life.

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Spell Queller

Color Identity:U,W

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Flash
Flying
When Spell Queller enters the battlefield, exile target spell with converted mana cost 4 or less.
When Spell Queller leaves the battlefield, the exiled card's owner may cast that card without paying its mana cost.

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Spectral Sailor

Color Identity:U

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Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.)
Flying
{3}{U}: Draw a card.

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Remorseful Cleric

Color Identity:W

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Flying
Sacrifice Remorseful Cleric: Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Celestial Purge

Color Identity:W

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Exile target black or red permanent.

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Island

Color Identity:U

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Hallowed Fountain

Color Identity:U,W

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({T}: Add {W} or {U}.)
As Hallowed Fountain enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Moorland Haunt

Color Identity:U,W

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{T}: Add {C}.
{W}{U}, {T}, Exile a creature card from your graveyard: Create a 1/1 white Spirit creature token with flying.

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Supreme Phantom

Color Identity:U

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Flying
Other Spirits you control get +1/+1.

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

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This spell costs {2} less to cast if it targets a blue spell.
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Path to Exile

Color Identity:W

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Exile target creature. Its controller may search their library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle their library.

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Aether Gust

Color Identity:U

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Choose target spell or permanent that's red or green. Its owner puts it on the top or bottom of their library.

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Disdainful Stroke

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Counter target spell with converted mana cost 4 or greater.

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Waterlogged Grove

Color Identity:G,U

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{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {G} or {U}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Waterlogged Grove: Draw a card.

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Kataki, War's Wage

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All artifacts have "At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice this artifact unless you pay {1}."

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Selfless Spirit

Color Identity:W

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Flying
Sacrifice Selfless Spirit: Creatures you control gain indestructible until end of turn.

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Unclaimed Territory

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As Unclaimed Territory enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add one mana of any color. Spend this mana only to cast a creature spell of the chosen type.

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Mausoleum Wanderer

Color Identity:U

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Flying
Whenever another Spirit enters the battlefield under your control, Mausoleum Wanderer gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
Sacrifice Mausoleum Wanderer: Counter target instant or sorcery spell unless its controller pays {X}, where X is Mausoleum Wanderer's power.

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Prairie Stream

Color Identity:U,W

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({T}: Add {W} or {U}.)
Prairie Stream enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or more basic lands.

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Remand

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell. If that spell is countered this way, put it into its owner's hand instead of into that player's graveyard.
Draw a card.

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Seachrome Coast

Color Identity:U,W

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Seachrome Coast enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {W} or {U}.

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Maindeck

Sideboard

Both Selfless Spirit and Spell Queller play a pivotal role within the build.

Both of these cards impacted Standard in a big way when Azorius Monument dominated the format during its tenure. Selfless Spirit negates your worst matchups which often include sweepers. Being able to protect your Spell Queller and other threats is another way to generate board advantage. Spell Queller is the most prominent card within the list and will generate incredible amounts of tempo. Not only is the creature a strong threat, but it can also hose the swath of cheap spells Modern is known for. You can protect Spell Queller with Selfless Spirit or Rattlechains to get two-for-ones in your favor.

As for the manabase, a set of Seachrome Coast supports the mana demands of the strategy. Including Waterlogged Grove encourages card draw to keep the action going. You could add a Silent Clearing alongside it replacing a Plains, but otherwise, you can run Fiery Islet (instead of Waterlogged Grove) if you already have them.

Optimal Azorius Spirits

Finally, you will want to focus on picking up Aether Vial to support the tempo game plan.

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Modern

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Cards

Island

Color Identity:U

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.55

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This spell costs {2} less to cast if it targets a blue spell.
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Mausoleum Wanderer

Color Identity:U

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Flying
Whenever another Spirit enters the battlefield under your control, Mausoleum Wanderer gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
Sacrifice Mausoleum Wanderer: Counter target instant or sorcery spell unless its controller pays {X}, where X is Mausoleum Wanderer's power.

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Geist of Saint Traft

Color Identity:U,W

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Hexproof (This creature can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)
Whenever Geist of Saint Traft attacks, create a 4/4 white Angel creature token with flying that's tapped and attacking. Exile that token at end of combat.

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Aether Vial

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At the beginning of your upkeep, you may put a charge counter on Aether Vial.
{T}: You may put a creature card with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Aether Vial from your hand onto the battlefield.

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Selfless Spirit

Color Identity:W

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Flying
Sacrifice Selfless Spirit: Creatures you control gain indestructible until end of turn.

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Tale's End

Color Identity:U

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Counter target activated ability, triggered ability, or legendary spell.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Auriok Champion

Color Identity:W

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Protection from black and from red
Whenever another creature enters the battlefield, you may gain 1 life.

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Moorland Haunt

Color Identity:U,W

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{T}: Add {C}.
{W}{U}, {T}, Exile a creature card from your graveyard: Create a 1/1 white Spirit creature token with flying.

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Aether Gust

Color Identity:U

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Choose target spell or permanent that's red or green. Its owner puts it on the top or bottom of their library.

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Remand

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Counter target spell. If that spell is countered this way, put it into its owner's hand instead of into that player's graveyard.
Draw a card.

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Supreme Phantom

Color Identity:U

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Flying
Other Spirits you control get +1/+1.

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Spectral Sailor

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Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.)
Flying
{3}{U}: Draw a card.

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Prairie Stream

Color Identity:U,W

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({T}: Add {W} or {U}.)
Prairie Stream enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or more basic lands.

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Waterlogged Grove

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{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {G} or {U}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Waterlogged Grove: Draw a card.

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Spell Queller

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Flash
Flying
When Spell Queller enters the battlefield, exile target spell with converted mana cost 4 or less.
When Spell Queller leaves the battlefield, the exiled card's owner may cast that card without paying its mana cost.

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Hallowed Fountain

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({T}: Add {W} or {U}.)
As Hallowed Fountain enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Path to Exile

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Exile target creature. Its controller may search their library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle their library.

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Drogskol Captain

Color Identity:U,W

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Flying
Other Spirit creatures you control get +1/+1 and have hexproof. (They can't be the targets of spells or abilities your opponents control.)

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Rattlechains

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Flash
Flying
When Rattlechains enters the battlefield, target Spirit gains hexproof until end of turn.
You may cast Spirit spells as though they had flash.

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Seachrome Coast

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Seachrome Coast enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {W} or {U}.

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Skyclave Apparition

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When Skyclave Apparition enters the battlefield, exile up to one target nonland, nontoken permanent you don't control with converted mana cost 4 or less.
When Skyclave Apparition leaves the battlefield, the exiled card's owner creates an X/X blue Illusion creature token, where X is the converted mana cost of the exiled card.

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Mutavault

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}: Mutavault becomes a 2/2 creature with all creature types until end of turn. It's still a land.

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Eidolon of Rhetoric

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Each player can't cast more than one spell each turn.

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Flooded Strand

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Flooded Strand: Search your library for a Plains or Island card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Disdainful Stroke

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Counter target spell with converted mana cost 4 or greater.

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Rest in Peace

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When Rest in Peace enters the battlefield, exile all cards from all graveyards.
If a card or token would be put into a graveyard from anywhere, exile it instead.

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Celestial Purge

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Exile target black or red permanent.

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Maindeck

Sideboard

Aether Vial is incredibly significant within the build. The artifact frees up your mana and grants you acceleration in deploying creatures at instant speed. As a result, it will enable you to deploy two threats a turn and hinder the opponent's game plan further. This is especially important in a reactive build such as Azorius Spirits, where you want complete freedom in casting your spells.

By adding Aether Vial, you can shave a couple of lands for extra creatures in Skyclave Apparition.

Skyclave Apparition is one of the best cards to come from Zendikar Rising. Various tribal builds often use Deputy of Detention to break parity in board stalls and force damage through. But Deputy can return the exiled card back under the opponent's control if removed. Whereas with Skyclave Apparition, you reward the opponent an X/X Illusion Token that is manageable in a strategy that can simply fly over them. Naturally, Skyclave Apparition is the preferred option going forward. You can run these in cheaper iterations of Azorius Spirits, but you don't want to be too heavy on three-drops without having access to Aether Vial. Oversaturating on three-drops can stifle your game plan, creating tension when you want to be as proactive as possible.

Rounding out the upgrades is Flooded Strand and Mutavault. Flooded Strand enables filtering to ensure you always draw into creatures, and Mutavault is an additional threat that grows thanks to Drogskol Captain and Supreme Phantom. Running no more than two copies of Mutavault is ideal, as Azorius Spirits is mana intensive which means you cannot run the usual playset that is common in tribal builds.

Even optimized, there are a few choices to consider if you want to diversify your build.

Clone effects are a decent option within a tribal strategy. These offer flexibility and become your extra copies of Drogskol Captain or Supreme Phantom to grow your board. Similarly, Phantasmal Image is a consideration as it's one mana cheaper, but the sacrifice clause can create awkward lines (especially with Rattlechains) depending on the matchup. Glasspool Mimic mitigates this issue and can shift into a land if you are missing your drops.

If you want to add a couple of clones to your build, I would shave a couple of Remand, but be mindful of your curve. Although your curve maxes out at three, you can cast a lot of these at instant speed without Aether Vial thanks to Rattlechains.

Teferi, Time Raveler is a consideration for the sideboard if you want to ensure your opponents cannot react to your game plan. Teferi is ideal alongside Spell Queller—if you bounce your own Spell Queller to your hand, it doesn't let them cast the spell exiled under Spell Queller. Running a couple of Teferi, Time Raveler in your sideboard could be ideal against strategies that hope to out-value you.

Azorius Spirits in Pioneer

With plenty of the hallmark Spirit cards featured in recent Standard sets, you can easily port the archetype into Pioneer.

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Cards

Rally of Wings

Color Identity:W

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Untap all creatures you control. Creatures you control with flying get +2/+2 until end of turn.

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Mausoleum Wanderer

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Flying
Whenever another Spirit enters the battlefield under your control, Mausoleum Wanderer gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
Sacrifice Mausoleum Wanderer: Counter target instant or sorcery spell unless its controller pays {X}, where X is Mausoleum Wanderer's power.

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Glacial Fortress

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Glacial Fortress enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Plains or an Island.
{T}: Add {W} or {U}.

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Aether Gust

Color Identity:U

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Choose target spell or permanent that's red or green. Its owner puts it on the top or bottom of their library.

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Port Town

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As Port Town enters the battlefield, you may reveal a Plains or Island card from your hand. If you don't, Port Town enters the battlefield tapped.
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Island

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Nebelgast Herald

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Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.)
Flying
Whenever Nebelgast Herald or another Spirit enters the battlefield under your control, tap target creature an opponent controls.

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Supreme Phantom

Color Identity:U

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Flying
Other Spirits you control get +1/+1.

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Supreme Verdict

Color Identity:U,W

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This spell can't be countered.
Destroy all creatures.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Rattlechains

Color Identity:U

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Flash
Flying
When Rattlechains enters the battlefield, target Spirit gains hexproof until end of turn.
You may cast Spirit spells as though they had flash.

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Teferi, Time Raveler

Color Identity:U,W

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Each opponent can cast spells only any time they could cast a sorcery.
+1: Until your next turn, you may cast sorcery spells as though they had flash.
−3: Return up to one target artifact, creature, or enchantment to its owner's hand. Draw a card.

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Watcher of the Spheres

Color Identity:U,W

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Flying
Creature spells with flying you cast cost {1} less to cast.
Whenever another creature with flying enters the battlefield under your control, Watcher of the Spheres gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

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Skyclave Apparition

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When Skyclave Apparition enters the battlefield, exile up to one target nonland, nontoken permanent you don't control with converted mana cost 4 or less.
When Skyclave Apparition leaves the battlefield, the exiled card's owner creates an X/X blue Illusion creature token, where X is the converted mana cost of the exiled card.

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Grafdigger's Cage

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Creature cards in graveyards and libraries can't enter the battlefield.
Players can't cast spells from graveyards or libraries.

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Selfless Spirit

Color Identity:W

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Flying
Sacrifice Selfless Spirit: Creatures you control gain indestructible until end of turn.

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Empyrean Eagle

Color Identity:U,W

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Flying
Other creatures you control with flying get +1/+1.

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

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This spell costs {2} less to cast if it targets a blue spell.
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Hallowed Fountain

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({T}: Add {W} or {U}.)
As Hallowed Fountain enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Spectral Sailor

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Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.)
Flying
{3}{U}: Draw a card.

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Lofty Denial

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {1}. If you control a creature with flying, counter that spell unless its controller pays {4} instead.

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Remorseful Cleric

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Flying
Sacrifice Remorseful Cleric: Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.

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Spell Queller

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Flash
Flying
When Spell Queller enters the battlefield, exile target spell with converted mana cost 4 or less.
When Spell Queller leaves the battlefield, the exiled card's owner may cast that card without paying its mana cost.

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Mutavault

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}: Mutavault becomes a 2/2 creature with all creature types until end of turn. It's still a land.

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Rest in Peace

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When Rest in Peace enters the battlefield, exile all cards from all graveyards.
If a card or token would be put into a graveyard from anywhere, exile it instead.

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As Drogskol Captain was before Return to Ravnica, Empyrean Eagle is ideal for the Pioneer variant. It achieves a similar effect in boosting your flying Spirits, with Watcher of the Spheres offering a discount on your threats. It's not quite the same pace compared to the Modern counterpart but presents an option if you want more mileage out of your cards. Azorius Spirits in Pioneer performs well in combo-focused environments, particularly against Lotus Breach and Oops All Spells.

Once you are comfortable with Azorius Spirits and optimized the build, you can look at upgrading into Bant Spirits. The green is far from essential, but Noble Hierarch (in Modern) and Collected Company (in Modern and Pioneer) help you churn out threats earlier.

Modern is anyone's game right now. It's so open you can see success with any strategy as long as you put in the time. Playing a tempo strategy gives you a good matchup against the broken combos that Modern can display. Spirits is a little different compared to other tribes as it's more than just turning sideways. Spirits is all about timing. It's about holding up Rattlechains to protect your creatures or waiting on the right spell to Spell Queller. It takes a lot of patience to pilot Spirits optimally, but it will help you understand threat density and how other strategies operate.